New moms finding it hard to bond with their newborns, study shows

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“The bond a baby has with its parents acts as a template that shapes the child’s emotions and relationships later in life, so it’s a crucial process.”

According to a new research by the UK’s biggest parents’ charity, many mothers are finding it hard to bond with their newborns.

To make matters worse, according to a survey of 1,515 parents conducted by national Childbirth Trust (NCT), one in ten new mothers admitted that they felt embarrassed to talk to a medical professional to about this difficulty bonding.

“The bond a baby has with its parents acts as a template that shapes the child’s emotions and relationships later in life, so it’s a crucial process,” said Elizabeth Duff, the NCT’s senior policy advisor. “Parents who don’t feel an instant connection with their new baby often experience strong feelings of guilt, shame and inadequacy.

Elizabeth hopes that their research makes new parents feel as if they’re less alone, that many others are experiencing the same dilemma, and that they shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it.

A Guardian report said that early baby-parent bonding influences a babies response to stress, learning behaviors and social skills later in life.

“Parents experiencing difficulty forming an emotional connection to their newborn are encouraged to socialize with other new parents, embrace physical closeness and interact with the baby regularly by talking, reading or singing to him or her,” the report said.

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